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Mattaponi Queen: Stories Paperback – May 25, 2010
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“Strongly imagined, finely controlled and well-crafted. These stories are good because they are true, true in that way that only good fiction can be.” ―Percival Everett, Bakeless Fiction Judge
“Belle Boggs infuses these stories of sometimes hardscrabble, dreams-deferred lives with a finely crafted, absolutely confident elegance. Boggs is a writer who knows how deep and how hard we can love and live. Her characters are too real to ever forget.” ―Marita Golden, author of After
“Belle Boggs is an immensely gifted writer, and this is a remarkable debut collection-each nuance of emotion, of insight, of dialogue and character, is pitch-perfect and surprisingly resonant.” ―Mary Yukari Waters, author of The Favorites
“The Mattaponi River is the confluence of three rivers and is also the stunning metaphor for a place where three races have lived inextricable histories for generations. Indeed, the stories in Mattaponi Queen gather like converging waters until the narrative world is coursing and undeniable. A few lives leak away from the Mattaponi, others never leave its banks, but character and place are one in this world so unapologetically evoked by Belle Boggs' beautiful, direct prose, and tension is not so much a few events as it is a constancy that is occasionally emerged from, the water moccasin head above the
water . . . and then not . . .” ―Michelle Latiolais, author of Even Now and A Proper Knowledge
“Mattaponi Queen was one of the best things I've read all year. I looked forward each night to a new story, and by the end, felt as if I'd been sitting in a car or on a porch with a cousin or neighbor, listening to how things went wrong, or how they could have gone right, or how they might still look up. The setting was so perfectly rendered that I saw the river, the dirt roads, the woods, and most of all, the way each character moved in that landscape. The interwoven stories remind me of Annie Proulx crossed with Ernest Gaines--the dry humor, the understatement, and the wonderful dialogue that sounds as if I'm hearing it while sitting on a folding chair in a yard.” ―Susan Straight, author of A Million Nightingales
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Top Customer Reviews
As a lover of interconnected stories, I'm grateful to have picked up this book -- and very much looking forward to whatever Boggs writes next.
An excellent and enduring collection of stories, Mattaponi Queen won the prestigious Bakeless Prize and was recently short-listed for the Frank O'Connor prize, one of the world's most recognized honors celebrating the short story.
Pick up Mattaponi Queen and encounter an author whose touch with the world is deft and delicate, quietly powerful, and capable of providing the kind of honesty and transport that make us grateful for how art can mysteriously transform life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Virginian myself, I bought this because I enjoy books/stories that have a local flavor. Ms. Boggs is an excellent writer with a bright future. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Jimbo57
I enjoyed the unique voices portrayed in these stories, how they intertwined and painted a rich picture of the people and places. Lovely all around.Published on October 3, 2013 by Ayn
This was an excellent read. I had the privilege to meet and take a seminar from Belle Boggs. She is an exceptional person and author.Published on December 26, 2012 by Sandra Thomas
The book is composed of a series of longish "short" stories. A few of them fall into predictable plot paths, but most are fresh and vivid and engrossing. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Allie T.
I relied on Southern LIving to suggest a book. The three books I read from their list were all disappiontments. The cover of this book is lovely. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Meddie Finnegan
I do not usually care for short stories but I tried Mattaponi Queen on the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Susan K. Morikawa